Summer camp for children ages 5-17 to be offered during June and July
(SAVANNAH, GA) SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services is kicking off Camp R.O.C.K. 2015, a summer program for children ages 5 to 17. Nine weeklong sessions of indoor and outdoor activities will be held during June and July in the Savannah area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children at Camp R.O.C.K. are either currently staying at SAFE Shelter or in the shelter’s Follow-up/After Care Program.
The name Camp R.O.C.K. derives from “Recognizing Our Children’s ’K’reativity.” Each week, campers will enjoy exploring nature, performing and creative arts, group activities and attending special events. Older campers will help out as peer counselors. In addition to all the fun activities, an educational component is provided by a teacher from the Chatham County School Board who comes in 16 hours a week to provide one-on-one tutoring.
“Many of the children, some who have grown up here, have never even had a chance to run on the beach at Tybee, take a trolley ride through Savannah or tour local museums,” said Cheryl Haven Branch, SAFE Shelter’s executive director. “We provide lunch and snacks, including picnics in some of the many beautiful squares downtown, and offer a range of indoor activities conducted in our facility. At the end of the camp, participants treat us to some kind of production, either singing or dancing or both.”
This is the fifth year for Camp R.O.C.K., funded by a group of dedicated volunteers from the Landings at Skidaway Island who hold annual fundraisers for this purpose. In addition, Hank and Marion Policinski, in coordination with the Notre Dame Center for Social Concern, have provided student interns to help staff the camp.
“Our campers have the opportunity to expand their horizons during the summer, embarking on new adventures, and having fun,” Branch added. “Our exceptional program and dedicated staff create an environment that forges a summer experience that lets our campers just be kids for a while”.
In addition to providing a safe, fun environment for children who have been affected by domestic violence, Camp R.O.C.K. also provides their mothers the opportunity to go on job interviews, take care of family matters or simply enjoy a little break time.
For more information about the program, please visit safeshelter.org or call 912.629.0026. To reach the 24-hour crisis line, call 912.629.8888.
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Founded in 1979, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization committed to preventing domestic violence, protecting victims and promoting positive change for families in need in our community. SAFE Shelter operates a 48-bed emergency shelter for victims of intimate partner violence and their children. All services are provided at no cost to the victim regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, immigration status, culture or religion. Leading to safe and stable lives, services include courtroom advocacy, counseling services and case management. In the shelter’s long history, no one who has been actively involved with our services or programs has been killed by his/her abuser. For more information on SAFE Shelter, visit safeshelter.org or call 912.629.0026. To reach the 24-hour crisis line, call 912.629.8888.
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